Padma Lakshmi reveals condition of ex-husband Salman Rushdie after public stabbing

Padma Lakshmi is speaking on social media for the first time since her former husband, writer Salman Rushdie, was stabbed on stage as he prepared to give a lecture in New York on August 12. Rushdie is believed to have been stabbed in both the neck and abdomen, according to BBC News, and was taken to hospital to have emergency surgery. Henry Reese, an interviewer involved with the event, was also injured by the attacker, who rushed onto the stage to get to the author.

Rushdie’s agent gave an update on his condition the day after the incident, telling BBC News that the writer had been put on a ventilator in hospital to help him breathe. He shared that Rushdie was unable to speak and could even lose an eye as a result of the attack, and also confirmed that he had suffered severe liver damage and severed nerves in his arm. It was later confirmed by USA Today that Rushdie had been taken off the ventilator when those closest to the socialite, including Lakshmi, began speaking out about how he was doing amid his difficult recovery.

Padma Lakshmi shared her relief after being stabbed with her ex-husband

Padma Lakshmi shared an update on Salman Rushdie’s recovery Twitter On August 14, she told her followers: “Relieved @SalmanRushdie is coming through after Friday nightmare. Worried and wordless, finally able to breathe out. Now hoping for a speedy recovery.” The “Top Chef” star was married to Rushdie from 2004 to 2007 and shared the same message on her Instagram Stories. Lakshmi’s public statement came before Rushdie’s family also took to Twitter to share a statement about his condition. Zafar Rushdie, Salman’s son, wrote on the social media page that his father managed to say a few words after being taken off the ventilator. “Though his life-changing injuries are severe, his usual buoyant and defiant sense of humor remains intact,” Zafar shared, also asking for privacy for the family as he thanked those who reached out.

On the same day, Salman’s agent also spoke about his condition and confirmed that he was doing better despite the serious injuries he had sustained. He told The Associated Press (via USA Today) that the author still has a long way to go when it comes to his recovery, but added: “[his] condition is going in the right direction.”

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A suspect in the attack, Hadi Matar, has denied attempted murder, according to Sky News.